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Filing And Documenting Your Child’s Early Education

Filing and documenting your child’s early education is a great and organized way to keep up with your child’s changes and development. What is your child learning? How is he or she expanding?

But, what exactly is documentation?

Hilary Seitz, in The Power Of Documentation In The Early Childhood Classroom, speaks of it as effective communication and thus,

An effective piece of documentation tells the story and the purpose of an event, experience, or development.

She goes on to state that documentation can include everything from a bulletin board to a video. With all the technology we have available now, your form could be so many things. You could capture your child’s milestones in video clips and put them in a digital file. You could create a memory box with your child’s activities and homework. A portfolio, a book, the list goes on and on.

But, why would you want to do this?

Aside from the memories, documenting can also be a helpful way to access if your child is keeping up, excelling in a specific area, or behind and in need of some extra help.

Here’s how early educators do it…

The Essential Role Of Observation And Documentation in Early Childhood

But, what do you do with all those papers and observations? Here’s a suggestion from Rebecca Cooper, but feel free to create your own method…

Tips for Organizing Kids’ School Papers

Visit to download the free printables.

What do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments!


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Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at
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